Canada begins easing some restrictions on travel, including from US

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Canada closed its border to non-essential travelers until July 21.

Canada’s government began lifting travel restrictions from countries including the US on Monday — the first tentative step toward a return to normalcy along the world’s longest land border between two countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a news conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario that fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. Fully vaccinated air travelers also no longer have to spend their first three days in Canada at a government-approved hotel.

The US-Canada border has been shut to non-essential travel, including tourism, since March 2020 and will remain so until at least July 21. Last month, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair suggested that a full reopening would not take place until 75 percent of his country’s population is fully vaccinated.

However, Trudeau said Monday that he was “very hopeful that we’re going to see new steps on reopening announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re going to make sure that we’re not seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases because nobody wants to go back to further restrictions, after having done so much and sacrificed so much to get to this point,” he added.

Canada closed its border to non-essential travelers until July 21.
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Currently, just 36 percent of Canadians (approximately 13.7 million people) are considered fully vaccinated, according to data compiled by CTV News. By contrast, 47.4 percent of Americans (157.3 million people) are considered fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Roughly 36 percent of Canadians are fully vaccinated with Prime Minister Trudeau hoping to reach the 75 percent mark to fully reopen Canada's border.
Roughly 36 percent of Canadians are fully vaccinated with Prime Minister Trudeau hoping to reach the 75 percent mark to fully reopen Canada’s border.
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Almost from the moment the US-Canada border was shut, American lawmakers who represent states along the frontier have urged the Trump and Biden administrations to work with Trudeau’s government to develop a plan to ease restrictions that have separated families and cost both countries’ tourism industries billions of dollars.

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